One of the things I really look forward to living in Spain and having had a child over here is for James to come home from nursery and school having picked up new Spanish words every day. I studied German and Spanish at Uni in London and personally I resent and regret the time and effort that went in to studying the language at Uni when spending a year or two over here would have been infinitely better (and cheaper!). I chose predominantly Linguistics courses at Uni with the aim of boosting the actual language learning but when it comes down to it, there is precious little emphasis on the actual language learning at Uni and so I am so glad that in comparison to me, James will have free and easy secondary language skills that will come from living in Spain and going to school here.
I think my Spanish is of a generally good level and since Uni I’ve spent a year working in the head office of a Spanish property developer reporting directly to the company CEO and had to prepare for weekly meetings in Spanish along with other department Directors and so I can certainly introduce a good deal of Spanish to James. With the tools now available to help aid language learning and second language acquisition I’m glad that James will have an easier path to bilingualism, especially now we’ve also discovered bilingual stories from Jajaja Books!
Bilingual Reading with Jajaja Books
I can’t believe how much easier James will learn Spanish than I did. He’ll be learning the correct way and from a much younger age than I ever did and will probably be correcting me in no time! The new bilingual books out by Jajaja books I’ve just finished reading with James will be just one such tool used to enjoy learning Spanish at the same time as developing communication skills as we read together. We’ve just been reading “Philip & Felipe” and “Lucy & Lucia” by Genevieve Yusuf and think they are a fab way to introduce Spanish words to a child of any age in a clear and natural way.
Philip & Felipe tells the tale of a young English boy who goes to Spain on holiday and ends up befriending a young Spanish boy at the supermarket. The story carefully selects a few Spanish words to introduce to the story having already mentioned the English word which fit in perfectly with how Philip gets to know Felipe as he helps him find his Mum after getting lost in the supermarket. Lucy & Lucia also tells the tale of an English child on holiday in Spain and how Lucy is introduced to a few Spanish words by her new friend Lucia as they play hide and seek.
Learn Spanish With Ease!
The books are a great way to stimulate curiosity and interest in Spanish without confusing your child in any way. They are written in English but include Spanish words at various stages of the book in a clear and simple way. The stories make learning Spanish fun and effortless and as vocab is the most important part of any language to pick up you should soon find that your little one has built up quite a bank of Spanish words without either of you even realising it!
Bilingual books are a fantastic way to bridge the gap between speaking English at home and the Spanish your child will be exposed to at school and out and about and Philip & Felipe and Lucy & Lucia.
Buy Jajaja Books
Philip & Felipe and Lucy & Lucia are available to buy direct from Jajaja Books on their website: www.jajaja-books.com. You can also join Jajaja Books on Facebook where you can pick up discount codes to use on purchases of the books!